Inside a Yaletown Suite with Boutique Hotel Style
Western Living magazine gives us an all-access tour of homes in Vancouver neighbourhoods—the final installment in a five-part collaborative series.
September 3, 2015
We’re peeking into the homes of Vancouverites all over the city, with a little help from our friends over at Western Living. In the final of our five-part series, a look inside bright and airy hotel-chic condo in Yaletown, along with design tips for your own space.
From Mexico City to Tasmania, acclaimed food and travel writer Kasey Wilson has slept in a thousand inns, resorts and hotels (and brought home a thousand more souvenirs). But these mementos from her life on the road just weren’t enough—what she really wanted was to bring the boutique hotel room look home, too. “I’ve always been inspired by hotel spaces. The best ones have a clean, modern feel and subtle colour schemes—and you always know where to find everything,” says Wilson.
5 Design Tips from a Chic Yaletown Condo
1. Look for pieces that can serve double duty. Timeless wood stools add West Coast warmth (and, of course, offer seating when pressed into service). Poufs double as a soft seat in a pinch, too, but primarily serve as playful beanbags for the grandkids.
2. Create a stylish message station for guests. Chalkboard paint creates a dramatic feature wall that doubles as a useful writing surface for reminders and inspiration. “I can never find a pen, but nobody ever steals chalk,” laughs Wilson.
3. A white kitchen provides a blank canvas that can be personalized with the trends. Colour comes to the white-on-white kitchen from easy-to-swap-out accessories like the turquoise “Sky” KitchenAid mixer stationed on the countertop.
4. Add custom touches to box-store pieces for a signature look. A glass top popped onto a plain white desk is a simple Ikea hack that elevates Wilson’s workspace.
5. White linens add an instant air of luxury. Inspired by the full walls of drapery found in luxe hotels, the designers layered sheer Ikea curtains in front of the windows; the fabric diffuses the light beautifully, creating a soft, elegant glow. Other luxurious textiles—an upholstered headboard, crisp white sheets and a cozy throw blanket—complete the upscale vibe.